Friday, 31 December 2010

In all the confusion I forgot to mention ...

Just before Christmas I received my proof copy of the latest book in John Curry's 'History of Wargaming' Project series ... the reprint of Joseph Morschauser's HOW TO PLAY WAR GAMES IN MINIATURE.

I had been badgering John Curry for some time to include this book in his publication schedule, and after offering to transcribe the original book and find some additional, relevant material, he kindly agreed to do so.

The full title of the book is JOSEPH MORSCHAUSER'S HOW TO PLAY WAR GAMES IN MINIATURE: A FORGOTTEN WARGAMING PIONEER - EARLY WARGAMES Vol 3 ([2010] ISBN 978 1 4466 3319 9). It was edited by John Curry and Bob Cordery, and it contains additional material by Joseph Morschauser and others.

The book contains the following chapters, appendices, and additional material:
  • Chapter I: The War Game
  • Chapter II: Selecting A Historical Period
  • Chapter III: Soldier Types and Sizes
  • Chapter IV: How to Form Basic Units
  • Chapter V: The Battlefields
  • Chapter VI: The Basic Rules
  • Chapter VII: The Rules of the Shock Period
  • Chapter VIII: The Rules of the Musket Period
  • Chapter IX: The Rules of the Modern Period
  • Chapter X: The Roster System
  • Chapter XI: Your Own Rules
  • Chapter XII: The Use of Boats
  • Chapter XIII: Map and Table
  • Chapter XIV: Fleets and Naval War
  • Chapter XV: The End
  • Appendix A: Soldiers and Where To Get Them
  • Appendix B: Magazines and Books For War Gamers
  • Appendix C: Board War Games
  • Appendix D: Some Retail Stores That Sell Soldiers
  • Small Grid Board War Games by Joseph Morschauser
  • Gridded Wargames
  • Rules for a Roster System Ancient War Game by Joseph Morschauser
  • Modern Period Wargames Rules developed by Bob Cordery from an original set of wargames rules written by Joseph Morschauser
  • Joseph Morschauser III: Some Biographical Notes by Bob Cordery


  1. Good to see it in print at last - even if it does de-value my old hardback copy!

  2. Tim Gow,

    I have a sneaking feeling that you old copy will be more valuable that any new copy you acquire. After all, it will not contain any rubbish by some bloke called 'Cordery'!

    All the best,


  3. Hi Bob,

    That is certainly going to be on my 'to get' list!

    All the best,


  4. David Crook,

    I think that you will find it a very interesting read.

    All the best,



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